Culm Grasslands

Site details

UK map showing location of Culm Grasslands Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Culm Grasslands SAC/SCI/cSAC
 

Note:

When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

6410 Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae)
Culm Grasslands represents Molinia meadows in south-west England. This site contains extremely diverse examples of the heathy type of M24Molinia caerulea Cirsium dissectum fen-meadow, ranging from short, grazed swards through to stands that are transitional to scrub. Structural diversity accounts for the conservation of a wide range of flora and fauna, particularly of species characteristic of south-western Europe, such as meadow thistle Cirsium dissectum and whorled caraway Carum verticillatum.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

1065 Marsh fritillary butterfly  Euphydryas (Eurodryas, Hypodryas) aurinia
Culm Grasslands in south-west England contains the largest cluster of sites for marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia in the south-west peninsula. It is judged to be the most important location for the species in its major south-west stronghold.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

Not applicable.


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